According to the New York Post, a recent report released by the city’s Comptroller, Scott Stringer, reveals that the Department of Youth and Community Development, an agency entrusted to perform inspections on New York City homeless shelters that house homeless youth and runaways, covered up dangerous conditions at those shelters.
The New York Post reported that the Department of Youth and Community Development is paid an annual fee of $8 million to perform the inspections. The City Comptroller is quoted as saying the following regarding the fraudulent inspections: “The young people who need our help the most should be able to count on full and honest support from the city, but our audit found inadequate supervision, altered records, and shifting explanations at the agency that exists to help them.”
The Comptroller has placed the Homeless Services Provider Agencies on a watch list. This is the second consecutive year that the agencies have been on the Comptroller’s Agency Watch List. According to the NYC Comptroller’s website: “The Agency Watch List spotlights city agencies that raise the most budgetary concerns due to rapidly increased spending and meager measurable results.”
New York City homeless shelters are notoriously drug riddled. There are many NYC homeless shelters where drugs are rampant and drug users are allowed to ingest drugs via a variety of methods with impunity. Shelter staff often turns a blind eye to obvious drug use; some even participate in the illegal activity in one form or another.
Proof of rampant drug use in and around New York City homeless shelters often appear in the form of news stories when the drug use leads to multiple overdoses, or some other ridiculously egregious event occurs.
It has been reported that, a few weeks ago, a mother residing at an East Harlem homeless shelter was charged with the crime of attempted murder after trying to drown her daughters in the shelter’s bathtub.
The mother subsequently told law enforcement that she had smoked “bad marijuana,” which caused her to experience hallucinations in which she thought her daughters were being attacked by bugs.
The use of synthetic marijuana at NYC homeless shelters has been widely reported, especially over the past few summer seasons. The drug has notably caused mass overdoses in New York City, in areas where there are homeless shelters.
Dylan Chidick, who is class president at his Jersey City, New Jersey high school, went through a bout of homelessness in 2017. He kept his housing struggles a secret from his classmates; however, his schooling was greatly affected.
In a recent Washington Post article, Dylan described his time at a New Jersey homeless shelter as “really scary.” The shelter’s dangerous environment and restrictive rules caused his grades to slip. According to the Washington Post, “The shelter disrupted his studies, with curfews butting with his habit of doing homework late into the night.” The scholar is also quoted as saying: “I was so focused on never getting back in that situation, that I was just — my studies took a hit… This senior year, I made a pact like: Get straight A’s again.”
After his family secured housing in 2017, Dylan was able to keep his pact. He has thus far been accepted to 18 colleges. Dylan Chidick’s goal is to become an attorney. After being left “shaken” by his experience with homelessness, he plans to dedicate his career to increasing the amount of justice in the world.
In regards to his bout with homelessness, the young king said, “I’m not going to let that one part define me.”
Congratulations! Keep shining young king!
Young king, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, has mastered the game of kings. The 8-year old scholar, who has only been playing chess for one year, went undefeated in New York’s chess championship in the kindergarten through third grade division. He accomplished this feat while grappling with homelessness.
Tanitoluwa arrived in New York with his family in 2017 from Nigeria. The The family has not yet been able to secure stable housing.
Since winning the championship, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is planning to be the youngest chess Grandmaster ever, has garnered a lot of media attention and encouragement. Reportedly, a GoFundMe that is currently filled with more than $200,000 in donations, has been set up for Tanitoluwa and his family. It is also reported that Ex-President Bill Clinton is seeking to set up a meeting with the family.
All the best to this genius and his family.
- New York City public schools have 114,659 homeless students; a record high.
- “New York City has one of the highest populations of homeless students of any big city in America.”
- “There are more homeless students in New York City than people in Albany.”
- “At 144 [New York City] public schools, a third of the children are homeless.”
- “Tonight, about one out of every 10 students in New York City will sleep in a homeless shelter or in the homes of relatives.”
- Last year was the third consecutive year the number of homeless New York City public school students exceeded 100,000.
- “For every 1,660 homeless students, there’s roughly 1 social worker.”
- “Some students have to travel through two or more boroughs to reach school from their shelters; only about half of the city’s homeless families lived in a shelter in the same borough where their youngest child attended school last year.”
- District 10 in the Bronx has the most homeless children out of the city’s 32 districts. It has 10,804 homeless students.
- District 10 “includes Kingsbridge International High School, where about 44 percent of the students who attended the school over the last four years were homeless at one point.”
- “Last year, students living in a shelter missed an average of about 30 days in the school year.”
- Due to living challenges, homeless students are more likely to struggle at school. In New York City, “in the 2015-16 school year, just 12 percent of students living in shelters passed the state math exam, and 15 percent passed English.”
[SOURCE: The New York Times]
“Every New Yorker should be outraged at the incompetence and even cruelty at the Department of Homeless Services. These families and children are ripped from their homes at a moment’s notice, traumatized again because DHS is failing in every way to address homelessness.” -Jimmy Van Brammer (NYC Councilmember) on the sloppy, forced transition of homeless families from a Queens hotel shelter. [Source: NY Daily News]
It’s only approximately three weeks into 2018, and there has already been at least two deaths of newborn babies in two different New York City homeless shelters.
In both cases, the New York City Daily News states that the cause of death of the babies has not yet been determined.
On the first Wednesday of 2018, a baby living in a Queens shelter, Saratoga Family Inn, died. This is not the first time a baby has perished as this shelter. In 2004, a three-month old baby died at the shelter after being found unconscious. In 2003, twin babies also died at the shelter via suffocation.
Yesterday, according to the New York Daily News, a baby born at the Callaway Family Residence, a shelter for pregnant women located in the Bronx, died after he was found not breathing.